Three of the king's servants marched into the room and made way for a younger man with a strong resemblance to the king but softer eyes and broader shoulders. A man who looked as though he could quell a storm with a look, but lift a rabbit from its run from the fox. A man she was betrothed to marry.
Ella hides in her own home from a prince who wants to marry her.
Thoughts & Feelings
My fairytale loving heart was so excited when I realized that the first volume of Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After included a remake of Cinderella! I absolutely loved how Jen Geigle Johnson turned this beloved fairy tale on its head and make it a little unpredictable. Jen managed to remove all of the literal magical elements, which I was not so sure about at first, and created a beautiful regency novella that echos the main plot points.
My favorite part of this novella has to be the fact that Ella is not at all interested in marrying the prince, for good reasons,but is actually bethrothed to him! She literally hides in plain sight and pretends to be a servant when the prince comes looking for her. This part made me giggle so much and the fact that her servants are in on the hiding makes it even better.
Content & Trigger Warnings
death of parents
Ella's parents both perished in a raid-like event. No specific details are given but we know that both parents and some of the household died in the event.
Title: Her Midnight Ride
Series: Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After Vol. 1
Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Her Midnight Ride is currently not available outside of the Horses, Hounds, and Happily Ever After collections. Unfortunately, this anthology is also out of print at this time.
Originally published on 10/30/2023